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These 8 States Just Said Every Adult Can Get a Vaccine Now—Or ASAP

Anyone over 16 can get vaccines soon in these states.
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With stages of eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine differing state by state, you might be wondering, when can you get yours? So far, every adult in Alaska and Mississippi are already able to book appointments. Now, eight more states have said they'd open up eligibility for adults over 16, accelerating their timeframes. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Ohio

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Anyone over 16 will be allowed to seek shots starting March 29. "This is an example of Ohio at its finest—citizens coming together to help ensure that all Ohioans, no matter where they live, have access to the vaccine," said Governor DeWine. "Today is a monumental day. With every shot, Ohio is moving closer to recovery."

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Connecticut

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"Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is accelerating Connecticut's age-based rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to proceed on a quicker schedule than was originally anticipated when it was announced last month," according to a statement. "The revised schedule, which tentatively plans for the vaccine to expand to all adults over the age of 16 by April 5, comes as the state was informed by the Biden administration that it should anticipate receiving a significant increase in supplies of all three federally authorized vaccines over the next several weeks."

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Illinois

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"Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state's Restore Illinois Plan, our new normal," said a statement. "In recognition of an increasing national vaccine supply and the state now averaging 100,000 vaccine administrations per day, Governor Pritzker also announced that all Illinois residents age 16+ will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 12th, with additional announcements to come about populations who will be made eligible prior to universal eligibility."

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Kentucky

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"On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckian 50 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on or after March 22. He said all Kentuckians ages 16 and older will be able to sign up for appointments by April 12," according to the Governor's office. "Kentuckians deemed most vulnerable should still get priority, and they will, but we can't have these vaccines sitting in a freezer. We are in a race against the COVID-19 variants and we've got to get it out fast," said Gov. Beshear.

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Rhode Island

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Says Gov. Dan McKee on Twitter: "The good news is that this week we also received new information from the federal government about an increase in vaccine allocation to states. This allows us to announce that on 4/19, RI plans to open up vaccination eligibility to all adults age 16 and over."

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Maryland

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"Based on our accelerating vaccination rate and an anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, I'm pleased to announce that Maryland will enter Phase 2 of our vaccine distribution plan early next week," tweeted Gov. Larry Hogan. "Pre-registration is now available for Marylanders age 60+ via http://covidvax.maryland.gov or 1-855-MD-GOVAX. Individuals currently eligible in Phase 1 will continue to be prioritized at the state's mass vaccination sites….We have built the infrastructure and are being promised the supply to be able to vaccinate every Marylander in the next couple months. Our entire team will not rest until every single Marylander who wants a vaccine has received one. "

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Missouri

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"During today's briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri will activate Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on Monday, March 29, 2021, and Phase 3 on Friday, April 9, 2021," said a statement from the Governor's office. "With the progress we are currently seeing and vaccine supply expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks, we are well ahead of schedule with our vaccine plan," Governor Parson said. "Supply projections are subject to change, but it is critical that we start preparing for this potential influx and ensure there is a consistent number of people who are eligible and interested in receiving a vaccine."

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Utah

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"On March 24, Utahns who are 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine," said Gov. Spencer J. Cox. "You can search for doses by your favorite provider at http://coronavirus.utah.gov. You can also search by vaccine type and for doses near you at http://vaccinefinder.org." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.